The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date in 1975:
Robinson takes part in trial
Larry Robinson took part in his own defense for the first time today as his first degree murder trial neared an end. Robinson, along with his co-counsels -—Robert Paul and John Myers -—participated in the final argument.
Robinson, for the most part, was impersonal in his remarks, referring to himself either as “the defendant,” or “Larry Robinson.” He slipped, however, four or five times, saying “me” or “I” with prosecutor WIlliam W. Owens objecting each time. The case is expected to go to the jury before the proceedings are recessed today.
Robinson is charged with first degree murder and first degree murder while committing a robbery in connection with the death of Alice White Wamack April 6, 1973. The charges in the case do not carry the death penalty.
Monroeville tightens curfew law
MONROEIVLLE — All residents under 18 years of age will have to be off the streets by 11 p.m. on weekends from now on, under a curfew imposed by village council Wednesday night.
Police Chief David WiIlliams said “a rash of break-ins and vandalism” by juveniles lately led to the curfew. “We figure this will put an end to it,” he said.
Norwalk hires seven teachers
The Norwalk Board of Education hired seven full-time teachers and 13 substitute teachers Tuesday night. Three employees resigned.
New full-time teachers hired were Julie Shepherd, Joy Keller, Debra Kizer, Patrick McCoy, Ted Dyckman, Sarah Clulow and Kathleen Riley.
Two teachers and a bus driver resigned. Beverly Coe resigned as an elementary school teacher to go to graduate school. Edward L. Kraft resigned as a teacher and coach to go to work for his family. Edward C. Spoerr resgined as a bus driver to devote full time to an insurance business.
The board hired the following substitute teachers; Julie Arlin, Carol Berry, Minie Bishop, Dorothy Delianides, Monica Gellott and Mary Ann Holden, Rita Leimbach, Minnie Lichtcsiden, Nancy Opper, Nancy Paffenbarger, Susan Rogers. Susan Shiebley and Judy Trushel.
Merchants squander 7-0 lead
Huron County Bank watched the Monroeivlle Merchants score seven runs in the top of the first inning at McGuan Park Wednesday night, then shut out the Merchants the rest of the way and won the Men’s Slow-Pitch League game 8-7.
The bankers scored on run in the first inning, two in the second, three in the third and one in both the sixth and seventh innings. Dave Wilber’s double drove in the winning run.
Wilber also rapped two singles. Denny Davie clouted a home run over the fence in addition to a single. Bill Mesenburg had a triple and single and Jim Ward two singles.
Tom Griffin clubbed a home run for Monroeville in the first inning when the Merchants pounded out six straight hits. Les Sherman had a single and double and Tom Young two singles.
Coming Wednesday — Aug. 15, 1975: Steady rain throws damper on Huron County Fair
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok